Elders & Members
We are Gunaikurnai, the first people of our Country. We have survived for tens of thousands of years, often against great adversity. We have looked after Country and passed on our stories and traditions through countless generations. We continue to survive and thrive, maintaining connection to our Country and to our Ancestors.
The Elders’ Council comprises Elders who are members of GLaWAC and appointed by the descendants of each identified Apical Ancestor. The Elders’ Council come together twice a year and provide critical cultural leadership to the organisation. The Elders will also be brought together for events and when cultural guidance is required. GLaWAC acknowledges the contribution of the current and our past Elders’ Council.
The current Elders’ Council members are:
Aunty Lena Morris (Chair),
Aunty Beryl Booth,
Aunty Charmaine Singleton,
Aunty Deanna Campbell,
Aunty Diann Hurren,
Aunty Fay Voss,
Aunty Glenda Thorpe,
Aunty Glenys Watts,
Aunty Gwen Atkinson,
Aunty Gwendoline McGregor,
Aunty Julie Mongta,
Aunty Lee-Anne Eddington,
Aunty Marg Donnelly,
Aunty Maria Harrison,
Aunty Marianne Atkinson,
Aunty Marjorie Thorpe,
Aunty Noretta Knight,
Aunty Olive Stevens,
Aunty Shirley Foster &
Uncle Russell Mullett
Gunaikurnai Identity Card and Membership
Under the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA), Gunaikurnai do not have to obtain a permit or licence, or pay a fee to fish, take game or hunt, gather firewood or camp on land and waters where we have native title.
Collection of Natural Resources
In relation to fishing, taking game or fauna or gathering firewood, Gunaikurnai will still have to comply with the relevant bag limits, size limits, location or seasonal restrictions, that would normally be part of a permit or licence.
The collection of natural resources is allowed for personal use only. You are not allowed to collect natural resources or firewood to sell.
If Gunaikurnai want to collect other types of natural resources, you will need to reach agreement with the State first. To do this you need to write to the State (or ask GLaWAC to write on your behalf) with information about what you would like to collect.
If granted permission, the State may put restrictions on this resource collection, e.g. a certain quantity at a certain place/s at a particular time of the year – similar to the bag limits and seasonal restrictions that apply to various types of fish under a fishing licence.
Gunaikurnai are also exempt from obtaining a permit or paying a fee for camping. This only applies to public camping grounds where we have native title, not privately owned or operated camping grounds or caravan parks.
If the public camping grounds is one which requires you to use a booking system, Gunaikurnai will still need to be part of that system. This means you must book the campsite, even though you do not pay camping fee.
You will also have to comply with camping rules and regulations, such as cleaning up and taking all your camping gear with you when you leave.
Non-Gunaikurnai Spouses and Partners
The permit, licence and fee exemptions only apply to GunaiKurnai as they are the native title holders. Therefore, non-Gunaikurnai spouses and partners are still required to have a permit or licence and pay the relevant fees.
Note: Parks VIC (PV), Department Environment Land Waters Planning (DELWP) staff may ask for proof of identification, and they may also call GLaWAC to confirm you are Gunaikurnai.
Supporting Our Members
Community Support Fund
GLaWAC encourages requests for sponsorship, scholarships/ donations and support from a wide variety of organisations, members and individuals. GLaWAC will consider individual case by case requests from a member if less than $100 dollars and the request meets the right criteria.
The Community Benefit Payment Policy and Procedure has been set up to address all requests on a case by case basis, based on the assessment criteria contained in the document. Each request will be carefully assessed to determine if it meets GLaWAC’s sponsorship,
marketing and community objectives. Consequently, we are unable to proceed with requests for support that do not fit within these objectives. In addition, budgetary constraints limit the number of opportunities that we can undertake.
All sponsorship applications will be evaluated according to the criteria set out in the policy and must be submitted on the form provided.
Click here to read the Community Benefit Payment Policy and Procedure and access the application form.
GLaWAC can provide assistance towards the funeral costs of a GunaiKurnai person to help alleviate the financial burden placed on families of the deceased as a result of funeral expenses.
How to become a Member?
Aboriginality and or Membership Application form
To apply for an identity card and to overcome any fraudulent activities among our community, the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) has set some stringent guidelines for how these cards will be issued.
These guidelines will also assist agencies like DELWP and Parks VIC who are responsible for ensuring the correct people are undertaking the correct activities.
Complete the application form in full below or download a copy here and return to GunaiKurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) at 27 Scriveners Road, Kalimna West VIC 3909 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the form cannot be processed unless all relevant requirements are filled in.
Share your voice
Gunaikurnai members, make your voice heard.
We invite you to get involved in one of GLaWAC ‘s Board sub-committees, or you may prefer to be part of a Knowledge Holder group and yarn about what matters to you about culture and Country.
You can contact GLaWAC at any time on 5152 5100 to share your knowledge or simply fill out the form below.
Opportunities to get involved include:
Native Title Cultural Heritage (NTCHSC)
Support the Board in a timely manner with recommendations and/or resolutions for Native Title and Cultural Heritage.
Economic Development (EDSC)
Support the Board and management in development and planning of economic opportunities.
Audit, Risk & Finance (ARFSC)
Support the Board and management in the development, planning implementation of financial risk audits, policies and procedures.
Advise the Board for On Country/environmental policy development.
(Note: the GKTOLM Board deals with Joint Management issues).
Fire Knowledge Holder Group
Water Knowledge Holder Group